Born and brought-up in Valakkunja, a village in Kasaragod Dist , Venugopal V.G, a Professional Visual Artist, derives his inspiration from the intricacies of the urban living experience and doles out exceptional figurative pieces of art in almost any medium!
Presently based out of Bangalore,Venu is a practicing artist also into in Printmaking and Video Art. He teaches Visual Arts for the students of Architecture in Bangalore, India. Being travel savvy, Venu explores photography for documenting his many adventures and also as a reference source for his paintings.
Asked about the influence on his works and Venu speaks,
“In the constantly changing world, the question of ‘being myself’ is the biggest challenge. In the last few years articulating the process of fixing identities has become a major aspect in my works. The recent works are the result of my evolving alternative approaches in dealing with questions I ask myself about changing facets of human relations and sensibilities, struggle or identity in urban reality/context. Along with the seen, I have tried to mingle/mix/combine intangible aspects of my surroundings. I use metaphors, variations in scale and repetition as the devices to achieve the desired results”
- BFA in Painting, Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, University of Mysore (gold medal-1998)
- MFA in Printmaking, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore in 2000
Awards & Recognition:
- ‘NOW SHOWING….’ Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore (2003)
- ‘MONOLOGUES’, Gallery Blue Spade, Bangalore (2010).
KK Hebbar Art Foundation Gold Medal in BFA from University of Mysore (1998); Mysore Dasara Award (1999); Award Exposition, Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore (1999); CKP Scholarship, Bangalore(1999); National Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship, New Delhi (2000-01); Karnataka Lalithkala Academy Award (2000); 67th All India Exhibition, IAFA, Amritsar (2001); National Scholarship, Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi (2001-03); H.K.Kejriwal Young Artist Award, Bangalore (2007); Printmaking Fellowship, Karnataka Lalithkala Academy,Bangalore (2010); Camel Art Foundation Award, 12th Southern Region Exhibition (2010); ‘Magmart – VII’ International Video Art Festival, Naples, Italy (2012).